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Review Summary


  • Gorgeous beachfront location on a cliff overlooking the bay
  • Luxurious 16,000-square-foot spa
  • Manicured golf course flanking the bay
  • Beautiful outdoor spaces including fire pits and gardens
  • Multiple walking/biking paths to explore
  • Luxurious bathrooms with soaking tubs
  • Free Wi-Fi (covered in resort fee)


  • Expensive restaurant
  • Weather is often foggy
  • No major attractions within walking distance

Bottom Line

The romantic 261-room Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay serves the Ritz-Carlton name well, offering stunning rooms, a large spa, and beautiful bay views -- though the fog sometimes makes it difficult to get a good glimpse. Perched on a cliff overlooking the Pacific, the hotel has excellent outdoor facilities including fire pits facing the ocean and a manicured 18-hole golf course. Rooms are spacious, elegant, yet simple, with beautiful marble bathrooms and quaint shutters covering windows. Fire pit rooms come with -- you guessed it -- cozy outdoor fire pits looking out onto the rocky coast. But the on-site restaurants lack "wow" factor and are expensive, and the indoor pool is lackluster.

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Perched on a breathtaking cliff overlooking the Pacific, with plenty of walking trails

Map of The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

Located on a cliff overlooking the bay, The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay is incredibly beautiful. Apart from stunning views, the immediate area offers a variety of outdoor activities, like surfing, swimming, and hiking. Although not much else is within walking distance, plenty of wining and dining options are just a short drive away in downtown Half Moon Bay.

Situated on the Peninsula in the Bay Area, Half Moon Bay is a quaint, rural seaside town about half an hour south of San Francisco. It is the oldest settlement in San Mateo County, and dates back to the early 1800s. Lacking a decent public transit system (like much of California), a rental car will probably come in handy when visiting this area. Nearly all of the popular beaches are directly off of Highway 1 (the Pacific Coast Highway). Although the hotel is lacking in the food and drink scene, a few restaurants and bars can be found nearby -- notably Sam's Chowder House and, of course, local wineries.

  • 40-minute drive to San Francisco International Airport
  • 2-minute walk to the beach
  • 10-minute drive to downtown Half Moon Bay
  • 15-minute drive to Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
  • 25-minute drive to Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve
  • 45-minute drive to popular corporate areas in Silicon Valley (Facebook, Google)
  • 45-minute drive to downtown San Francisco

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Key Features
Fitness Center
Pets Allowed
Kids Club
Hotel Services
Dry Cleaning
Rental Car Service Desk Onsite
Room Service
Pets Allowed
Family Services
Babysitting Services
Kids Allowed
Kids Club
Supervised Kids Activities
Things to Do
Beauty Salon
Business Center
Fitness Center
Golf Course
Located on the Beach
Tennis Court
Room Features
Air Conditioner
Mini Bar (with liquor)
Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space
1 Miramontes Point Road, Half Moon Bay, California 94019, United States
Phone (650) 712-7000
Room Types
  • Coastal View Room
  • Deluxe Room
  • Guest House Room
  • Ocean Front Suite
  • RC Coastal View Room
  • Terrace Firepit Room

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